Wood Group joins Bonaparte

May 13, 2013

Wood Group Kenny (WGK) is to work on a subsea concept definition project for GDF Suez' Australian Bonaparte LNG project.

The Bonaparte LNG project is made up of the Petrel, Frigate and Tern fields, located in the Timor Sea.

They were previously stranded gas fields, but technology advances and innovation mean these fields are now more economically viable to develop through floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG).

Wood Group Kenny said: "The Bonaparte LNG project represents a strategically important contract award for WGK as they are a new client developing their first FLNG project in Australian waters. 

"This technology represents a new emerging market for the oil and gas industry, with the Asia Pacific region in the driving seat for the production.   

"Currently, there are no operational FLNG facilities in the world. However, in recent years a number of FLNG projects have been proposed and are now under development in Australia.  

Wood Group Kenny has already worked on other subsea and pipeline projects offshore Australia, including Prelude, Equus, Pluto, Browse, Ichthys, Gorgon, Julimar, and Macedon projects, all on the Australian North West Shelf (NWS) and in the Timor Sea.

The subsea concept definition study on Bonaparte will be carried out by WGK's Australian team located in Perth, Western Australia.

Phil Brown, Australian Regional Director of Wood Group Kenny, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this important contract to support GDF SUEZ's operations in Australia, which recognises our expertise in subsea engineering, and in particular, FLNG emerging technology. 

"This is a new client for us and we hope to establish a long and successful business relationship with them. WGK has been based in Perth for nearly 30 years and in that time we have developed a very strong, local presence."



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